Release Date: February 18, 2008
Seven local students compete in the 2009 KSU Concerto Competition
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(From left) Accompanist Valerie Pool and
2008 Concerto winner Theresa Stephens
Photo by Patrick Bowling
KENNESAW, Ga.--Kennesaw State University students will compete in the 2009 KSU Concerto Competition at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in the performance hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The winner(s) will appear in a concert with the KSU Orchestra during the 2009-2010 season.
Music Professors Michael Alexander and David Watkins are the competition co-chairs. Watkins says, “It’s inspiring to see the level of hard work and talent that is represented in the performances of these excellent students. KSU can be very proud of them as they develop into fine professional performers and teachers."
This year the judges are David Oliver, piano member from Shorter College; Wanda Hughes, voice and piano teacher and former president of Cobb County Music Teachers’ Association; and Alan Brown, professional French horn player and freelance Atlanta musician.
The students selected to compete are:
Michael Alcorn of Acworth, tenor, who will perform “Here I Stand…” from “The Rake’s Progress” by Stravinsky. Michael is a senior working toward a bachelor’s degree in performance and is a student of Valerie Walters.
Jeffrey David Gibb of Norcross, baritone, who will perform “Questo amor” from “Edgar” by Puccini. Gibb is a sophomore working toward his bachelor’s degree in performance and is a student of Jana Young.
Melissa Harris of Gainesville, french horn, who will perform “Morceau de Concert for Horn” by Saint-Saëns. Harris is a senior working toward a bachelor’s degree in performance and is a student of Tom Witte.
Rachel Mercer of Acworth, soprano, who will perform “Voi che sapete” and “Non so piu…” from “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Mozart. Mercer is a sophomore working toward a bachelor’s degree in music education and is a student of Jana Young.
Tsuey Wei Seah of Duluth, piano, who will perform Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 by Schumann. Seah is a senior working toward a bachelor’s degree in performance and music education and is a student of David Watkins.
Noah Vece of Kennesaw, saxophone, who will perform “Concertino da Camera for Saxophone” by Ibert. Vece is a sophomore working toward a bachelor’s degree in performance and is a student of Sam Skelton.
Adam von Housen of Acworth, violin, who will perform “Violn Concerto No. 5” by Vieuxtemps. Von Housen is a first-year working toward a bachelor’s degree in performance and is a student of Helen Kim.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 20,000 from 132 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.